In today’s guest post, we have some lovely ideas on how to make the most of your home and make your dreams a reality. Enjoy!
They say an Englishman’s home is his or her castle. While historically this may have been true, increasingly the home is taking on a host of new roles as a cinema, coffee house, restaurant and gym. In fact, people are choosing to spend more time than ever entertaining and relaxing at home. It seems that many are taking the famous Jane Austen quote to heart:
“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”
Health, efficiency and relaxation are buzz words in home design as manufacturers seek to develop products to match our needs in today’s busy and stressful world. The aim is to create a home that is an oasis of calm and tranquillity, tailored to our needs and set aside from the modern world so we can recharge our energy and rebalance our lives.
Build a calm environment
Is your home truly a retreat from the stress of the world or merely another source of actions for life’s endless to-to list? It’s all too easy to allow a work ethic to permeate the home environment, especially with the all-pervasive reach of modern technology with its constant call to action. Step one in a journey to a peaceful household requires a shift in mindset: Timetable a weekly session when bills and similar chores will be tackled, so you can ignore them the rest of the time. Consider making your home an electronics-free zone for at least some of the time, allowing space for genuine interactions within the family without the constant attention robbing presence of smartphones and tablets.
Savour meals at home
One of the best things about spending time at home is enjoying a meal in peace, eating exactly what you want and relaxing in the comfort of your own space. A wealth of innovations in both kitchen design and appliances have made everyday life easier, so you can spoil yourself rotten with food that would have been much more effort and expense to prepare just a few years ago—but now, there are beginner kits for sushi-making and instructions for easy Mexican meals, and all sorts of treats you can now indulge in at home.
Decorate for you-time
Our environment has a powerful effect on our moods so lighting, colour and smell are key factors in making a tranquil and relaxing space. It’s very hard to relax in a cluttered environment so getting on top of organising your home can have a tremendous impact. Colours and décor have a great impact on how relaxing a space is and neutral tones have been shown to promote the sense of peace we are all looking for.
Faced with increasingly competitive jobs and the hyper stimulation of modern existence creating a retreat from our busy lives is an essential survival strategy for modern living. We hope these tips offer inspiration towards making the home of your dreams a reality.